I am often asked why I don’t do more (OK, any) trip reports on Disneyland, since we’re locals and visit quite often. The short answer is, Walt Disney World trip reports just seem like they have more interesting ground to cover. (The long answer is have you SEEN how long it takes me to write up an annual trip to WDW?!! Imagine how much farther behind I’d be on monthly trips to Disneyland!)
But I thought you guys might be interested in photos from our first trip to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for the holiday season, so here they are… ALL of them. I’ll do a separate post of our experience with the Holiday Time tour, and one for Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional after we actually go (last weekend’s got rained out).
Today’s Part I is all daytime photos at Disneyland. In Part II you’ll see evening photos from Disney California Adventure, including the neon delights of Cars Land. Enjoy!
Since they turned Big Thunder Ranch into an overpriced BBQ, they’ve had to find a new home for the Christmas activities (cookie-decorating, entertainment, Santa meet-and-greet, crafts, etc.), and the Festival Area fits the bill.
I sure hope these Monte Cristo Bites taste better than they look!
Word of Warning: If you’re anti-marzipan, you’ll be as disappointed as I was to discover they’ve started putting almond extract in the decorate-your-own cookies. Blech!
Looks like Comet likes a challenge!
While I blithely slathered frosting on a cookie that was about to surprise and dismay me with its almond-flavored awfulness, Patrick went over to “it’s a small world” to shoot reference photos. Hope you like detail, and plenty of it!
I’m telling you, there’s a fortune to be made in Small World-themed house numbers!
Who let the dolls out?
The garland you see with the colorful plastic ornaments used to be put on the boats, too. I suspect they ditched it because guests delighted in collapsing the ornaments within arm’s reach. This is why we can’t have nice things!
FINALLY, we moved on…!
Sorry… it’s the only way to get the whole thing in one shot!
It was interesting to see the setup for Candlelight Processional in Town Square. When Candlelight only happened on one weekend, we avoided Disneyland like the plague, figuring it would be as crowded and messy as it is when they tape the Christmas parade or premiere a movie. I’d never even seen how they set it up, but already I was liking it way more than the setup in America Gardens Theater at Epcot. Talk about a great backdrop!
OK the, uh, pulpit where the narrator stands looks a bit like we’re at a Christmas funeral to me…
OK, here’s a teaser shot of what the setup looks like after dark—so pretty!